Light Sweet and Sour Chicken

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A lighter version of the classic fried sweet and sour chicken. Only 30 minutes to make and so much better than take out!

A lighter version of the classic fried sweet and sour chicken. Only 30 minutes to make and so much better than take out!

If there is one food I crave consistently, it’s Asian food! I love all the flavors and textures. My undying love for Chinese food was a real staple in my teenage years. It was my go to lunch spot when I was skipping Chemistry Class (sorry Mrs. Peterson). If I was slipping out late at night it was to hit up the Chinese drive-thru down the street….guess that just summed up what a real party animal I was in high school. Are you all impressed? I’m telling you, there was nothing in the world a little Kung Pao Chicken couldn’t solve in my melodramatic teenage life.

These days my Chinese food addiction has dimmed a little but only in light of the high sodium content and what it does to my waistline. Once in awhile the craving still strikes me though and that is when I usually whip up some lighter concoction at home.A lighter version of the classic fried sweet and sour chicken. Only 30 minutes to make and so much better than take out!

Today was one of those days and I decided to try my hand at lightening up a classic.This sweet and sour chicken was da bomb! All the right notes and flavors. A little sweet, slightly tangy and a whole lot of yum. It’s easy…like real easy. And husband approved…which means its going down in the books as a keeper in this family.

A lighter version of the classic fried sweet and sour chicken. Only 30 minutes to make and so much better than take out!

You probably have all the ingredients for the sauce in your pantry. The sweet and sour sauce is simple; a little pineapple juice, a little brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce, tomato paste, and a couple dashes of teriyaki sauce for good measure. šŸ˜‰

I served this sweet and sour chicken with carrots and broccoli but for an even quicker meal I will occasionally use the easy frozen asian veggie steamer packets. Though I didn’t have any on hand, edamameĀ would be wonderful in this dish and give an extra little kick of protein.

A lighter version of the classic fried sweet and sour chicken. Only 30 minutes to make and so much better than take out!

I like to serve this dish over brown rice or zucchini noodles. If I am feeling indulgent, I serve this dish over chow mien noodles. Either way this sweet and sour chicken is too good to pass up.


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A lighter version of the classic fried sweet and sour chicken. Only 30 minutes to make and better than take out!
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Serves: 4 Servings
Ingredients
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  • ½ Cup Pineapple Juice, No Sugar Added
  • ⅓ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ⅓ Cup Vinegar (rice wine or apple cider)
  • 3 Tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 4 Chicken Breasts, grilled
  • Optional: Vegetables and Brown Rice for serving
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine pineapple juice and brown sugar. Bring to a medium heat and cook for 3 minutes, whisking occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Add in vinegar, soy sauce, tomato paste,teriyaki sauce, and garlic. Bring sauce to a simmer. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water. Mix well until the mixture forms a slurry. Whisk in the cornstarch slurry to the sauce and cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Pour the sweet and sour sauce over the grilled chicken. Serve with steamed veggies and carb of choice.

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Comments

  1. says

    I love Chinese food too! They just opened up a Chinese food restaurant near our house that delivers for all orders over $25. So dangerous! Because now we’ll order more food than normal for free delivery, and we don’t even have to get up off the couch. Haha! But I bet this lightened up sweet and sour chicken tastes much better, and we’ll leave me feeling much better too. Beautiful pictures as always Mariah!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      haha that is SO me! I would totally order more just to get the free delivery! Glad you share in my Chinese food obsession Natalie! =)

  2. says

    This looks amazing Mariah! I love Chinese food and have been forced to make my own at home since I can’t have gluten. Sweet and source chicken has always been one of my favorites – I’ll definitely be giving it a try!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      My mom has to eat gluten free too and its really tough sometimes! I hope you enjoy this sweet and sour chicken!

  3. says

    I love sweet and sour chicken, but I hardly ever order it because the fried food gives me stomach aches. Now, thanks to this recipe, I can make this dish without digesting all of that grease! I love the additional broccoli and carrots that you filled this chicken with! Yum.

  4. says

    I totally agree with you, Asian cuisine is the best — full of flavors and packed with veggies! I love that you’ve created a lightened version of sweet and sour sauce, I can’t wait to try this, especially since it takes no longer than 30 minutes! Perfect for weeknight dinners.

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